Parasite ruins African rice culture

At a first glance, Rhamphicarpa fistulosa might look innocent, but it turns rice plants into slaves. PhD candidate Stella Kabiri investigated the effects of this parasitic weed that damages the African rice production at an ever-increasing rate.

It is nothing new that Rhamphicarpa fistulosa has been parasitising rice in many African countries, but Kabiri studied how this vampiric plant exhausts the rice plants. She cultivated rice plants in pots, added various amounts of the weed’s seed and used periodic measurements to investigate how R. fistulosa affected the growth and production of the rice plants.

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